Dept of Military and
Gen Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Gen Maria Falca-Dodson
Deputy Adjutant General
(Ret) Stephen G. Abel
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs
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of the Assistant Commissioner
(Ret) Michael B. Smith
Laura A. Branham
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Job of the Week
Self-Propelled Field Artillery Turret Mechanic
The self-propelled field artillery turret mechanic
performs unit maintenance of carriage-mounted armament, associated
fire control, and related systems on all self-propelled
artillery weapon systems. Diagnoses malfunctions of troubleshoots
and performs other unit maintenance on carriage-mounted
armament, associated fire control, and related systems and
on all self-propelled field artillery weapon systems.
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NJ Advisory Committee for
Mrs. Anna Hoffman
BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory
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Benefits & Entitlements
New Jersey Freedom Loans
What is a Freedom Loan?
* Up to $10,000
* Annual APR 6%
* Term: 5 years (no pre-payment penalty)
* Unsecured Loan (no collateral required)
Who is eligible to apply?
NJ residents who are:
* Members of the National Guard or Reserve
* Mobilized for one year or longer to fight in the Global
War on Terrorism (GWOT) – excluding routine training.
* Served 90 or more consecutive days in the
GWOT on federal or state active duty (excluding routing training)
and have received orders extending cumulative active duty
a year or longer.
How do I apply?
* Contact participating banks. Call or visit
your local branch office to obtain an application.
* Guardmembers, Reservists, or family members with Power of
Attorney must submit copies of current mobilization orders
with the bank’s Freedom Loan application.
Union of NJ
609-538-4061, ext. 401
Morris Bank & Trust
When the trees their summer splendor
Change to raiment red and gold,
When the summer moon turns mellow,
And the nights are getting cold;
When the squirrels hide their acorns,
And the woodchucks disappear;
Then we know that it is autumn
Loveliest season of the year.
Farewell Ceremony for the Reconnaissance
Surveillance Target Acquisition Battalion to be held 13 October
The public is invited to join family and friends at a farewell
ceremony for local National Guard members who are being deployed
The ceremony for the Reconnaissance Surveillance Target
Acquisition Battalion is scheduled for Thursday, October
13, 2005 at 10 a.m. and will be held at the Vineland Armory.
These are trying times for both our National Guard soldiers
and their family members and your show of support is appreciated.
National Guard Bureau (NGB) acknowledges USPFO’s
Purchasing & Contracting Section one of the best in the
Congratulations to the employees in Purchasing and Contracting
for exceeding NGB’s Fiscal Year 05’s Acquisition
Goals (Metrics). Not only did they exceed NGB’s goals,
but they were named as one of the “Best Practice” states
to call or benchmark with. In other words, call New
Jersey because they do it right! NGB-AQ (Acquisition Office) measures
six separate acquisition categories for contracting supplies/services.
During FY 05, Purchasing & Contracting was listed in
the Top Five in three of the six categories. Congratulations
to CPT Maldonado and his entire team for their success and
a job well done!!!
Special Thanks from Veterans Haven to the
Township of Maple Shade, NJ.
Special thanks to the Honorable Joseph Andl, Mayor of the
Township of Maple Shade, Councilmen Jack Galloway, Lou Manchello,
James Fletcher, and Councilwoman Claire Volpe, who recently
approved the sale of three used township vehicles to this
Department for $1.00 each. These vehicles will be given to
three current Vets Haven residents and will enable them to
find better jobs and enhance their quality of life. Thank
you so much for your support of our veterans!
New Jersey was well represented at the 21st
annual Army 10 Miler.
New Jersey sent a contingent of 12 runners
to the Army 10 Miler in Washington, DC, on Sunday, 2 October
the race was marred by a bomb scare on the 14th Street Bridge
that forced race officials to re-route the runners at Mile
Marker 7. Approximately 20,000 runners were forced to run
11-11 ½ miles, not the 10 miles that they were mentally
and physically prepared to run. The Military District of
Washington declared it would not be considered an official
race. There were no official times or order of finish or
awards for the runners. Listed below are the names of New
Jersey’s 10+ Mile finishers:
COL Slavin, JFHQ
SGT Christy, 2-102
LTC Mulquees, SRA
SSG Hutchinson, CAV
LTC Devery, RRC
SSG Chapman, RRC
LTC Lawler, JFHQ-IG
SFC Grey, JFHQ G1
MAJ Beale, 57th TC
SFC Prieto, PSB
MSG Estrada, RTSM
MSgt Harbison, PAO
SFC Brandinelli, RTSM
CW4 (Ret) C. Perron
SGT Gonzalez, JT2DC
SFC (Ret) Y. McGuire
LTC Dennis Devery and Recruiting and
Retention are commended for having a tent set up at the
finish line complete with
plenty of R&R material and displays. This not only game
the New Jersey runners a place together before the race and
secure their belongs. It also became a focal point for prior
service and active duty soldiers to learn about the opportunities
in the New Jersey National Guard.
Governor’s Annual Coat Drive is set
As the cool weather approaches this weekend and you begin
to clean out your closets, please remember those less fortunate.
The Governor’s Annual Coat Drive is scheduled to begin
on October 25th and run until November 15th. Collection boxes
will be available in many of our facilities for your convenience.
If you require assistance or additional information, please
contact Laura Branham or Terry Dearden, who are serving as
this year’s Chairmen of the drive. They can be reached
at 609-530-6987/6893 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
2005 Mega Job Fair scheduled for Tuesday,
11 October 2005.
The New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce
Development, Local One Stop Career Centers, and New Jersey
Army National Guard cordially invite you to attend the 2005
Mega Job Fair. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, October
11th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Somerset national Guard
Armory located at 1060 Hamilton Street in Somerset, New Jersey.
Over 500 employers have received a personal invitation to
this event. There will be 160 employers’ tables at
the event, and these employers will be looking for job seekers
in the areas of: Information Technology, Computers, Management,
Operations, Manufacturing, Administrative, Sales, Health
Care, Production, Food & Lodging, Financial, Education,
Pharmaceutical, Engineering, Community and Social Services,
Protective Services, Real Estate, Telecommunications, and
Special Guest Speakers will be Congressman
Mike Ferguson and MG Glenn K. Rieth. For more information,
contact Lou Molnar at 908-704-3000 or 908-704-3015 or via
email at Louis.Molnar@dol.state.nj.us.
Transformation of the Air Force Security Forces.
Over the years, the mission of the Air Force Security Forces
has changed, and the career field is again going through
a transformation since the events of 2001. These alterations
will be evident to anyone visiting an Air Force installation
and will also impact many airmen who ay be assigned as security
The security career field has been stressed for many years.
The active ranks are thin, and mission requirements nearly
exceed the available manpower. The Air Force intends to make
several adjustments to the career field and to base security
measures that will be noticeable to everyone. The most visible
change will be at the installation gates. New main gates
are being constructed nationwide with pop-up barriers, search
areas, and serpentine routes. Augmentees or contract (non-military)
security will become common at most stateside gates. Support
functions such as pass and registration, fingerprinting,
and security clearance processing are also transitioning
to contract employees to free up security forces personnel
for other duties and deployments. Although the 108th Air
Refueling Wing will maintain security forces combat arms
troops, many other units will soon see the use of non-military
instructors to teach marksmanship and run the ranges.
Your 108th Security Forces Squadron’s
mission is to prepare and train for mobilization and forward
to provide perimeter or installation force protection abroad.
We also have specialists who deploy on Phoenix Raven (AMC
aircraft protection for trips to locations without US installations)
and other unique missions. Aside from our mobility role,
we remain dedicated to supporting the 108th ARW by providing
force protection and weapons training, security clearance
support and liaison with the host 305th unit on security
Trenton Titans hockey team will salute veterans
on Saturday, 22 October 2005.
The Trenton Titans will salute veterans, the
military and their family members on Saturday, 22 October
2005, during their game against the Wheeling Nailers at the
Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, NJ.
Tickets will be offered to group and family
members at $8.50 (a savings of $3.50 per ticket off of day
of game price). Reserved sections will be set up for veterans
and military groups, and these groups will be recognized
during the Titans game.
Come join the Titans as they salute our veterans
and the military, and raise the Kelly Cup Banner to ring
in the 2005-2006 hockey season!
Deadline to order tickets is October 14th.
To book your group or for more information, contact Dan Weiss
Philadelphia Eagles - National Guard Appreciation
The Philadelphia Eagles announced that on Saturday,
October 15, 2005, they would hold “National Guard Appreciation
Day” under the tent at the Cherry Hill Armory from
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Attendees will meet Eagles’ players,
Jon Runyan, Hank Fraley, Artis Hicks, and Shawn Andrews.
Also attending the event will be NFL Films President, Mr.
Steve Sabol. Military ID will be required for admission.
Enlisted Association of the National Guard
announces Enlisted Conference.
The Enlisted Association of the NJ National
Guard is proud to announce the Enlisted Conference at the
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Atlantic City West.
The Conference will be held 7 thru 9 October 2005. During
the Conference we honor our Outstanding Soldiers and Airmen.
There are various plans available. Friday night is the Halloween
Masquerade Ball with Tex-Mex Buffet, and Saturday is the
Formal Evening Ball with dinner and dancing. For additional
information, contact SGM (Ret) Jerome Zebrowski at 609-214-6959
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or
SGM Edward Goetschius at 609-965-1972 or e-mail email@example.com or www.EANG-NJ.org to
get an application, plans and other activities offered. Thank
you for your support!
Salvation Army – Operation Red Shield.
Operation Red Shield is a fully funded program
run by the Salvation Army to meet the emergency needs of
our deployed service personnel and their dependents. If anyone
needs assistance or additional information on Operation Red
Shield, please call 888-302-6100 or 888-247-0100. Full program
details can also be viewed at www.salvationarmynewjersey.org.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam
Era Educational Center’s upcoming event schedule.
15 Oct, 1pm -
“Who Knew? Reflections on Vietnam (by an American Red Cross “Donut
Dolly” in Vietnam). Author lecture by Vietnam Veteran (civilian) J. Holly
21 Oct, 8am - 3pm
Decades Later: Remembering America’s War in Vietnam. Seventh Annual Forum
on the Vietnam Era. Keynote Address by Lt Col Jim Kean, USMC (Ret) Commander
of the Security Guard Force at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon during the April
1975 evacuation. Pre-Registration required.
27 Oct, 6pm
Salute to Patriotism – Third Annual Gala. Keynote Address by General
Anthony Zinni, USMC (Ret) former head of Central Command for U.S. forces in
the Middle East. Pre-Registration required.
11 Nov, 11am
Veterans Day Ceremony
17 Dec, 6pm
Holiday Lighting Ceremony
For more information about any of these events,
please call the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office
at (732) 335-0033.
The Vietnam Era Educational Center is located
adjacent to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the
Garden State Parkway at Exit 116.
Part-time opportunities in Military Funeral
The New Jersey Army National Guard Military
Funeral Honors Program has several part-time employment opportunities
immediately available across the state for TDGs and Technicians.
Earn one day’s base pay and one retirement point for
a few hours work providing Military Funeral Honors for our
Veterans. If you are interested, please contact SGM Edward
Goetschius, Military Funeral Honors Coordinator, at 609-530-7090
or by e-mail at Edward.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Armory Happenings – Listed below are
events taking place at your local armory.
Oct (8:30am - )
|21 Oct (6-9pm)
22 Oct (10am-6pm)
23 Oct (10am-5pm)
|Kiwanis Craft Fair
|22 Oct (8:30am-4pm)
||Coin Operated Arcade Game Auction
|23 Oct (9:30am-3:30pm)
Card & Memorabilia Show
11am - 2pm
Brooks Robinson (Orioles/Hall of Famer) will sign autographs
- $35 & up
Grant Jackson (former Orioles) - Will sign autographs
$12 (any item).
Visit njsportspromotions.com for more info.
|12 Nov (6pm-12am)
||Pink Tie Ball Fundraiser
|17 Nov (7-10pm)
18-19 Nov (9am-6pm)
|Home for the Holidays Gift Fair
|20 Nov (9:30am-3:30pm)
Card & Memorabilia Show
Joey Jay (former Reds and Braves star) will sign autographs
($12 any item)
|25-27 Nov (9am-4pm)
|3 Dec (8:30am-4pm)
||Coin Operated Arcade Game Auction
Fitness Corner –
Possibly as many as one in five Americans suffer from seasonal
affective disorder (SAD), or the winter blues, a condition
that is linked to the decreased daylight hours and longer
periods of darkness during the fall and winter months.
The exact cause of the disorder is unknown,
thought to have something to do with a biochemical imbalance
of the hormones melatonin and serotonin in the brain. Women
are known to be more vulnerable to the disorder than men.
Symptoms of SAD include excessive sleeping, overeating,
and a lack of interest in social interactions as well as
sadness or other depressive feelings combined with irritability.
Once the longer daylight hours return all these symptoms
normally go into remission.
People who are severely impacted by SAD may, in some cases,
also develop suicidal feelings.
Treatment for seasonal affective disorder can be as simple
as taking a long walk outside during daylight hours, increasing
one's exposure to the sun. More severe cases of SAD may require
several hours of daily light therapy, psychotherapy or antidepressants.
Today is Friday, October 7th. It is the 281st
day of the year with 84 days remaining.
On this day in history…
1765 – Nine American colonies sent a total of 28 delegates
to New York City for the Stamp Act Congress. The delegates
adopted the “Declaration of Rights and Grievances.”
1913 – For the first time, Henry Ford’s
entire Highland Park automobile factory was run on a continuously
moving assembly line when the chassis was added to the process.
1956 – A U.S. House subcommittee
began investigations of allegedly rigged TV quiz shows.
1963 – U.S. President Kennedy signed
a nuclear test ban treaty with Britain and the Soviet Union.
1994 – President Clinton dispatched
an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf when Iraqi troops
were spotted moving
toward Kuwait. The U.S. Army was also put on alert.
2003 – Arnold Schwarzenegger was
elected Governor in the recall election of California Governor
Note to NJ National Guard retirees –
Please note change of e-mail address for COL (Ret) Venticinque.
Recently, COL (Ret) Carmen Venticinque,
who is a NJ Army National Guard retiree, sent out an email
to about 50 retirees
of both the Army and Air National Guard asking if they would
be interested in being included as an addressee in a group
e-mail in which he would put out information of interest
to New Jersey National Guard retirees. Within a few days
he received over 100 additional names and email addresses
to include in the group. He now has close to 200 email addresses
for retirees. He will put all names in the group, however,
those wishing to opt out after receipt of their first group
email can do so simply by notifying COL Venticinque. The
overwhelming response and positive comments received from
retirees ranging from General Officers to Senior Enlisted
personnel is solid evidence of their interest in not only
their fellow retirees, but what is currently happening in
our New Jersey national Guard. COL Venticinque can be reached
at email@example.com. To protect the privacy and integrity
of the list, addresses will be listed as “undisclosed
recipient” or placed on the “Bcc” line.
Columbus Day will be celebrated on Monday,
10 October 2005.
All State offices will be closed on Monday in celebration
of Columbus Day.
Did you know?
In fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the
Ocean blue. He also sailed in 1493, 1498, and 1502. In the
course of his four voyages, Christopher Columbus lost nine
ships. They were:
1492 – The Santa Maria, the flagship
on his first and most remembered voyage, was grounded on
a reef and sank.
Christopher Columbus used the remains of the ship to build
a fort on shore, which he named La Navidad (Christmas).
1494 and 1495 – The Mariagalante, Gallega, San Juan,
and Cardera were destroyed during storms on Columbus’ second
voyage. Only the Nin? survived. No wonder it was Columbus’ favorite
1503 – The Gallega and Vizcaina
were abandoned by Columbus near Panama.
1503-1504 – The Capitana and Santiago de Paolis were
badly damaged and abandoned in what is known today as St.
Ann’s Bay, Jamaica.
Call today to volunteer at a Family Readiness
Center near you.
If you are able to assist the families of our
deployed soldiers and airmen, please call our Family Readiness
Center at our toll-free number 888-859-0352.
It looks like we’re in for a rainy weekend,
and in the words of country singer Dolly Parton,
way I see it, if you want a rainbow, you gotta put up with